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Virginia’s Super Saturday is an annual event during which college-bound and returning college students are invited to locations near them to receive FREE assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. There are over 20 sites, including high schools, community centers, and colleges. At each location, Super Saturday also includes a free financial aid workshop that explains the federal and state college financial aid process. Additionally, a $100 Book Scholarship will be awarded to one student at each Super Saturday site to be used at the winner’s college of choice during the 2011-12 academic year.

Items to bring to Super Saturday

 For more information and a list of Super Saturday sites, visit www.vasfaa.org

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Tuition assistance for college students took the national spotlight this week during the State of the Union address when President Obama called on Congress to make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit. The President said that permanently extending the college tuition tax credit, which is currently worth $10,000 for four years of higher education, is “the right thing to do.” 

After proposing a five-year freeze in discretionary spending on nondefense programs during his address, President Obama went on to say that he would spare education and research from the freeze and spending cuts.

“Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine,” he said. “It may feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you’ll feel the impact.”

For more information about the 2011 State of the Union address, visit the White House web site.

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